Under the Influence is the 3rd episode of Season 5 on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


Josh helps Brandon run for student body president who shines at a debate. But a scandal comes up when Alex Diaz, a militant student, uncovers an article written the previous year by Josh, but never published, which details Brandon's tutoring of D'Shawn whom took rigged tests surfaces which threatens to tarnish Brandon's reputation. Donna asks Clare (now attending C.U. as a sophomore) to move into the beach front apartment to help pay the rent. But Clare brings a bad snoring habit with her. Meanwhile, Valerie secretly decides to pursue Dylan after finding Brenda's mementos of him in the Walsh garage, and begins hanging out at the pool hall where Dylan also drinks and hangs out.


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez
Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold

Guest starring

Joshua Beckett as Josh Richland
Cress Williams as D'Shawn Hardell
F.J. Rio as Alex Diaz
Tim Lounibos as Walter Chen
Alessandra Petlin as Jean Krause


  • Josh Richland is killed.
  • Clare moves into the Beach House with Donna & Kelly
  • Dylan and Valerie hook up